HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 cc406-7
Mr. CARTER (by Private Notice)

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether similar steps will be taken to ensure publicity of the proceedings of the Coal Industry Commission as were taken with regard to the interview between the Prime Minister and the Executive of the Miners' Federation, of Great Britain?


Both the Press and the public are admitted to the sittings of the Coal Industry Commission, which should ensure full publicity of its proceedings.


Seeing the importance of the information which will be given and also noticing to-day that after a full day's discussion yesterday only about a column and a half of information is being given to the Press, will the right hon. Gentleman say whether he is prepared to submit this question as a question of national importance to the Peace Aims Committee so that the public shall be in a position to give an intelligent judgment on this very important subject that is now before the country?


This Commission is going to sit about fifteen days. I believe that the ordinary channels will give the information which interests the public. If at any time exceptional circumstances such as those referred to in the previous interview arise the Government will do their best to see that the public are kept fully informed.

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